Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Family: Muridae > Genus: Mesocricetus > Species: Mesocricetus newtoni

Romanian hamster - Mesocricetus newtoni (Nehring, 1898)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Near Threatened (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Black Sea - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Continental - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Steppic - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 2 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 99 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
May also occur in
  • cropland
  • heathland and shrub
Natura 2000 species code 2609


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
BG0000503 Bulgaria Reka Lom Map
BG0000578 Bulgaria Reka Maritsa Map
BG0000119 Bulgaria Trite bratya Map
BG0000421 Bulgaria Preslavska planina Map
BG0000232 Bulgaria Batin Map
BG0000521 Bulgaria Makresh Map
BG0000616 Bulgaria Mikre Map
ROSCI0071 Romania Dumbrăveni - Valea Urluia - Lacul Vederoasa Map
BG0000593 Bulgaria Bilernitsite Map
BG0001036 Bulgaria Balgarski izvor Map
BG0000611 Bulgaria Yazovir Gorni Dabnik Map
BG0000107 Bulgaria Suha reka Map
BG0001014 Bulgaria Karlukovo Map
BG0000516 Bulgaria Chernata mogila Map
BG0000241 Bulgaria Srebarna Map
BG0000171 Bulgaria Ludogorie - Boblata Map
BG0000377 Bulgaria Kalimok - Brashlen Map
BG0000151 Bulgaria Aytoska planina Map
BG0000524 Bulgaria Orizishteto Map
BG0000418 Bulgaria Kermenski vazvishenia Map
BG0000429 Bulgaria Reka Stryama Map
BG0000335 Bulgaria Karaboaz Map
BG0000509 Bulgaria Tsibritsa Map
BG0000382 Bulgaria Shumensko plato Map
BG0000199 Bulgaria Tsibar Map
BG0000613 Bulgaria Reka Iskar Map
BG0000104 Bulgaria Provadiysko - Royaksko plato Map
BG0000528 Bulgaria Ostrovska step - Vadin Map
BG0000526 Bulgaria Dolno Linevo Map
BG0000138 Bulgaria Kamenitsa Map
BG0000130 Bulgaria Kraymorska Dobrudzha Map
BG0000240 Bulgaria Studenets Map
BG0000500 Bulgaria Voynitsa Map
BG0000279 Bulgaria Stara reka Map
BG0000106 Bulgaria Harsovska reka Map
BG0000569 Bulgaria Kardam Map
BG0000608 Bulgaria Lomovete Map
BG0000198 Bulgaria Sredetska reka Map
BG0000181 Bulgaria Reka Vit Map
BG0000280 Bulgaria Zlatarishka reka Map
BG0000497 Bulgaria Archar Map
BG0000275 Bulgaria Yazovir Stamboliyski Map
BG0000196 Bulgaria Reka Mochuritsa Map
BG0001040 Bulgaria Zapadna Stara planina i Predbalkan Map
BG0000219 Bulgaria Derventski vazvishenia 2 Map
BG0000523 Bulgaria Shishentsi Map
BG0000518 Bulgaria Vartopski dol Map
BG0000572 Bulgaria Rositsa - Loznitsa Map
BG0000213 Bulgaria Tarnovski visochini Map
BG0000519 Bulgaria Mominbrodsko blato Map
BG0000195 Bulgaria Reka Tundzha 2 Map
BG0000366 Bulgaria Kresna - Ilindentsi Map
BG0000393 Bulgaria Ekokoridor Kamchia - Emine Map
BG0000182 Bulgaria Orsoya Map
BG0000570 Bulgaria Izvorovo - Kraishte Map
BG0000420 Bulgaria Grebenets Map
BG0000615 Bulgaria Devetashko plato Map
BG0000334 Bulgaria Ostrov Map
BG0000517 Bulgaria Portitovtsi - Vladimirovo Map
BG0000508 Bulgaria Reka Skat Map
BG0000169 Bulgaria Ludogorie - Srebarna Map
BG0000247 Bulgaria Nikopolsko plato Map
BG0001037 Bulgaria Pastrina Map
ROSCI0060 Romania Dealurile Agighiolului Map
BG0000614 Bulgaria Reka Ogosta Map
BG0000339 Bulgaria Rabrovo Map
ROSCI0201 Romania Podişul Nord Dobrogean Map
BG0000239 Bulgaria Obnova - Karaman dol Map
BG0000610 Bulgaria Reka Yantra Map
BG0000530 Bulgaria Pozharevo - Garvan Map
ROSCI0123 Romania Munţii Măcinului Map
BG0000507 Bulgaria Deleyna Map
BG0000261 Bulgaria Yazovir Koprinka Map
BG0000527 Bulgaria Kozloduy Map
BG0000609 Bulgaria Reka Rositsa Map
BG0000432 Bulgaria Golyama reka Map
BG0000621 Bulgaria Ezero Shabla - Ezerets Map
BG0000602 Bulgaria Kabiyuk Map
BG0000576 Bulgaria Svishtovska gora Map
BG0000525 Bulgaria Timok Map
BG0000168 Bulgaria Ludogorie Map
BG0000340 Bulgaria Tsar Petrovo Map
BG0000336 Bulgaria Zlatia Map
BG0000498 Bulgaria Vidbol Map
BG0000529 Bulgaria Marten - Ryahovo Map
BG0000620 Bulgaria Pomorie Map
ROSCI0157 Romania Pădurea Hagieni - Cotul Văii Map
ROSCI0215 Romania Recifii Jurasici Cheia Map
BG0000501 Bulgaria Golyama Kamchia Map
BG0000154 Bulgaria Ezero Durankulak Map
BG0000103 Bulgaria Galata Map
BG0000102 Bulgaria Dolinata na reka Batova Map
BG0000622 Bulgaria Varnensko - Beloslavski kompleks Map
BG0001028 Bulgaria Sreden Pirin - Alibotush Map
BG0000116 Bulgaria Kamchia Map
BG0000573 Bulgaria Kompleks Kaliakra Map
BG0000137 Bulgaria Reka Dolna Luda Kamchia Map
ROSCI0353 Romania Peştera - Deleni Map
BG0000627 Bulgaria Konunski dol Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Avurtlak Turkish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Chomik Newtona Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Criceto di Romania Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Dobrudzsai aranyhörcsög Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamster de Newton French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hámster rumano Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hamsterul-românesc Romanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Roemeense hamster Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Romanian hamster English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Romanianhamsteri Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rumänischer Goldhamster German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rumänsk hamster Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Rumensk gullhamster Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Cricetus newtoni Nehring, 1898

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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Phone: +45 3336 7100